Panama City Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Panama City

Panama City is a modern metropolis that embraces its rich history. Experience evocative 17th-century architecture, vibrant nightlife, and an up-close look at one of the man-made wonders of the world: the Panama Canal.

Panama City's unique blend of cultures means this capital has a little something for everyone. During your stay, be prepared to discover a historic district that brings to mind New Orleans' French Quarter, a thriving restaurant scene that rivals Miami, and some of the best tropical climates in Central America.

The region is also filled with sightseeing experiences. You can visit the Panama Canal Zone for an in-depth look at the intricate system of locks that operates the canal, or take a day trip to a nearby national park to encounter some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet.

A trip to Panama City, even if it's only for a few days, is unforgettable and will give you a new appreciation for this unique part of the world.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Panama City

What to do in Panama City

Panama Canal
Casco Viejo
Biomuseo
Panama Viejo
Top activities in Panama City

When to Visit Panama City

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The average year-round temperature is 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The busiest time of year is during the dry season from mid-December to mid-April, but it is also the most crowded, with some hotels and restaurants charging double rates. If you visit from May through November, you'll find it quieter and much more affordable, but be sure to bring rain gear because heavy thunderstorms can pop up at any minute.

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How to Get to Panama City

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Where to Stay in Panama City

You can book a good-quality hotel room in Panama City with air conditioning, WiFi, and a swimming pool for around B/120 per night. If you are looking for the latest in luxury, make reservations at the Hilton Panama on the Avenida Balboa for stunning oceanfront views and a rooftop pool. For a more intimate experience, stay at the American Trade Hotel in Casco Viejo. This newly refurbished Art Deco building features custom-made wood furnishings, a lovely interior courtyard, and a library.

Popular Neighborhoods in Panama City

Most popular hotel in Panama City by neighborhood

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Where to stay in popular areas of Panama City

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How to Get Around Panama City

The Cost of Living in Panama City

Shopping Streets

If you are looking for a tropical vacation with some retail therapy, Panama City is the place for you. The capital has six major malls, boutique shopping along the Avenida Balboa, and indigenous craft stores in Casco Viejo and Cerro Ancón. Albrook Mall, which has a cinema, arcade, and bowling alley, makes a great stop for a family vacation, while the gift shop at Mi Pueblito sells handmade indigenous crafts.

Groceries and Other

Panama City has two major grocery store chains, Riba Smith and El Rey, that sell major US brands as well as health food, seasonal items, and spirits. The average prices are comparable with major US grocery stores, with milk costing B/5.73 per gallon and eggs costing B/1.99 per dozen. Super 99 is a discount chain where you can purchase bathing items and toiletries at reasonable prices. There is also an increasing number of specialty food stores, such as Grand Deli Gourmet, which sells upscale meats, cheeses, and wine, and Super Kosher for Jewish delicacies.

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$47.69
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$2.74

Where to Eat in Panama City

Panamanians love their restaurants, which makes eating out in the capital surprisingly inexpensive. Beef tenderloin with a sweet potato tamale and guava sauce at The Dining Room at American Trade Hotel only costs around B/30, and you can get an affordable Italian meal for the whole family at Van Gogh in the Via Veneto Casino. There are also plenty of cheap eats like the popular chain Doraditos Asados and the Chinese fast-food joint Don Lee.

Most popular restaurants in Panama City

Azahar Panamá
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Makoto Panamá
Japanese
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Steakhouse
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Brutto
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American
Excellent (24 reviews)
Numen
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Latin American
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